I didn't know what it meant when I first heard it either so I looked it up.
Zentangle is essentially doodling with intent. Who doesn't love to doodle? I thought it might be fun to try doodling with glass. I grabbed myself some fine stringer, some scraps, some dots and some liquid stringer and just started having fun.
The results were pretty cool and most definitely unique.
Now they may not be considered a true Zentangle in it's pure form, but I figure it fit the definition close enough. Glass doodles. I most certainly had fun with this new series and I hope you enjoy them.
Pieces will be going up for sale in my Etsy shop throughout the week. Let me know what you think!
The moment we have all been waiting for ... IT. IS. FINISHED. Cue the applause and rejoicing.
Special thanks to my amazing husband for all his help and support with my most ambitious project yet. The final weight with all the glass panels was close to 35 pounds so we made sure to use a heavy duty chain and hanger that is screwed directly into the ceiling joists. This thing may be heavy, but it is not going anywhere.
I am so pleased with the final result that I smile every time I turn it on. It adds an intense pop of color to my otherwise mostly white and grey house. Alternating smooth and textured panels create visual contrast and balance while the gentle swirl in the design and curvature of the glass provide movement. It makes me happy.
Now I find myself casually hunting for other discarded vintage light fixtures that I can transform into works of art ...
I bet you thought I was never going to finish this project. To be perfectly honest, I often wondered that myself.
After firing 20 pieces of glass, it was time to prepare them for hanging. My precision engineer of a studio partner (aka my husband) took the calipers to the chandelier frame and determined that a 3/16" hole would be the right size to allow enough wiggle room to not stress the glass.
Off to Amazon to purchase a 3/16" diamond drill bit.
My handy hubby rigged up a little system to keep the glass cool/wet and hold it in place to make the drilling process much easier.
I picked up a little baking pan from the store and we secured a small piece of scrap wood to the bottom to give the drill bit a cushion. He then attached a couple of handy wood-working clamps to the side to help hold the glass firmly in place. Add some cold water to cover completely and start drilling!
True confession: I hold my breath during this process. I don't know why. I always seem to hold my b…
I have been dreaming of a colorful art glass chandelier for my dining room every since I laid eyes on a Chihuly chandelier in Las Vegas.
I cannot afford a Chihuly chandelier. Or even a knock-off copy of one. So I set out on an adventure to make my own.
Obviously I do not have a hot shop with a glass blowing furnace. This required me to stretch my creativity and design a piece that would work with kiln-formed (fused) glass, but still have that light and translucent blown glass feel I love. Step 1: Build a frame. Or better yet, find an antique one that could be re-purposed for use with fused glass panels. My husband told me that we do not have a big enough studio to take up welding at this time. Someday I will learn how to weld too. Someday.
This proved to be a bigger challenge than I thought. I scoured auction sites, antique dealers, and craigslist until I finally found what I was looking for. Only it was that ugly old brass that had definitely seen better days.
Thankfully such a thing…